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The latest draft of the NEMBA Invasive Alien Species List was published in the Government Gazette on 12 February, 2014. The publishing of this document in the Government Gazette heralds the beginning of a 30 day period in which the government calls for public comment. To download the list, click here. Invasive Alien Species List…
Biocontrol scientists have released a tiny insect to wage war on the dreaded invasive Argentinian pompom weed and save our Highveld grasslands. A terrestrial version of the dreaded water hyacinth weed, pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) is a Category 1 invasive alien species that spreads rampantly through productive and biodiversity-rich grasslands.  Outcompeting local grasses, it turns…
Tracking the distribution of emerging Invasive Alien Plants (IAPs) is an important line of defence that can hold back a tidal wave of ecological and financial complications. The next step is developing management interventions for these problem plants. IAPs advance aggressively, outcompete and replace indigenous vegetation, and impact negatively on South Africa’s rich biodiversity, and…
eThekwini Municipality’s annual Weedbuster Week was held at the Durban Botanic Gardens on the 2ndof October 2013 and was attended by just over 100 people. This annual event aims to facilitate interaction and knowledge sharing between various municipal departments and other organizations involved with IAP control. This year the event focussed on biological control with…
The Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department (EPCPD) have updated and redesigned the well-known “Beautiful but Dangerous” posters and these are available for distribution to various interested parties. In addition, the Department has also designed and produced easy-to-use flashcards. These flashcards replicate the information in the posters but are more durable, and are easier to…
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